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Just One Evil Act: An Inspector Lynley Novel: 15 by [George, Elizabeth]
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A first-class, page-turning read (The Times)

Combines an old-school aptitude for twist-riddled plots with modern psychological insights, ethical agonizing, realistic violence and sardonic humor (Wall Street Journal)

Lynley is one of the great character portraits in contemporary crime fiction (Boston Globe)

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Barbara Havers puts her career on the line while DI Thomas Lynley attempts to straighten her out before it's too late.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2138 KB
  • Print Length: 721 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CIVLWUQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 219 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,752 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I realised within the first hundred pages that this was going to be a long drawn-out read, as indeed it proved to be. I have read all Elizabeth George's other books, except 'Before He Shot Her', which I didn't think I needed to get involved in. I did finish this book but it has been a struggle, I'm a quick reader but it dragged on and on and I was losing the will to live at some points. I tried to skip some of the pointless narrative to hurry it up and keep it tighter but it was still a struggle. I know this book is fiction but, really, it delved into the realms of fantasy in many instances. Barbara Havers has become a caricature of herself and unbelievable, which is a shame because, in the earlier books of the series, she was just eccentric. Shame about all this, I really enjoyed the first few of her books, except, maybe 'Playing for the Ashes', which was over-the-top, in my opinion. I shall consider reviews carefully before buying another.
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I've been an avid reader of Elizabeth Geoge's Lynley books for quite a number of years now but this will probably be the last book I will purchase in this series.
It just didn't hold my interest at all, the whole Italian setting and the complexities of the relationships of all involved was just so convoluted, and totally unbelievable.
I just couldn't finish it - and that's rare for me.
As much as I once loved Lynley and Haver, I won't justify wasting any more time on any future books in this series if they continue to be written like this one.
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I have long been a fan of the Inspector Lynley series. I know that writers have to move forward but there are some keys aspects that readers always enjoy - Lynley's obvious wealth that contrasts with his love for his job, his strange but very loving relationship with Havers, and the fact that the pair of them will go on adventures to solve crimes, often bending the rules along the way. After the truly awful 'What Came Before He Shot her' I hoped that a classic Lynley book would be just what us fans needed. Firstly, we have Lynley pursuing this farcical romance. Then we move onto the plot about Hadiyah. George has built the relationship between Havers and the little girl and his father so sensitively over the years. When she goes missing it gives the perfect chance for a storyline about her search, which you hope Havers will be at the frontline of, ready for action. Instead you get what all authors do when short on story - take it abroad. The moving of the story to Italy, involving a cast of characters that you do not care about, is just adding insult to injury. By this point there are far too many characters to speak of, and to be quite honest, you give up hope of caring. It is a long book, and I was already giving up just a quarter of the way through, but I stayed with it. If I could ask for my money book I would and itis was great sadness that I will not purchase another Lynley mystery. I have been such a loyal and avid reader but sometimes you have to know when to throw in the towel.
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I have read Elizabeth George Inspector Lynley mysteries for years, and each time eagerly awaited the next release. No longer. This reads as if it has been written by someone else and has turned Barbara Havers into a -supposed- comedy act. That,s the last one I will buy unfortunately.
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Format: Hardcover
When Hadiyyah,the daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar, is taken by the girl's mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is in no position to help since Azhar has no legal claim as he and Angelina had never married and his name does not appear on the girl's birth certificate. Five months later things take a sinister turn when Angelina turns up in England and accuses Azhar of kidnapping their daughter from an Italian marketplace where Angelina has been living with her Italian lover, Lorenzo. Havers is distraught for Azhar but also very concerned about Hadiyyah as she has grown to care deeply for the young girl.

Readers of Ms. George's novels will not be surprised that Barbara immediately sets out on a course of action that could well place her career in jeopardy in order to clear Azhar of suspicion and to find his daughter alive and well. However, the case is far more complicated than Havers could possibly imagine.

This book is a complete mess and is perhaps the worst novel I have ever read, largely due to Ms. George's writing style. There are other factors such as a ridiculously far fetched and needlessly complicated plot and the novel, comprising more than 700 pages, is far too long and over-written; I had lost interest in the story and had been driven to distraction by page 150. Elizabeth George has always been guilty, even in her better and earlier novels, of using words out of context and squashing as many obscure words as possible into each chapter- presumably to show readers just how erudite and well-read she is. Does she not realize that the best writers use beautiful, clean, uncluttered English.

What sets this novel apart and gives rise to my unadulterated dislike of the story is the Ital-inglese she employs in those chapters set in Lucca.
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I have enjoyed the Lyndley books since the first one published. Elizabeth George has lost her way with this one. Absolute drivel. Why change a winning format? The last few books of the series have not been good at all. This book is too personal for Barbara Havers and Thomas Lyndley which deflects from any good crime novel. This nonsense about the father and child and police officers rushing about in Italy is rubbish. Non married parents in particular fathers, have no legal rights whatsover, whether this is right or wrong is irrelevant, correct protocol was not followed in this book regarding missing children. I would not readily read another one of her books unless she goes back to the original winning formula which is a loss as I have loved most of her previous novels.
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